RNLI Walmer answer Mayday call
Volunteers from RNLI Walmer respond to a Mayday call to a yacht aground.
Volunteer crew on board Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched at 12.07pm on Wednesday 10 July after receiving a tasking from HM Coastguard to a 9m yacht with four people on board which had run aground on the Goodwin Sands.
On reaching the casualty a crew member was put aboard to assess the casualties and affix a tow line to pull the vessel from the sand. Once afloat, and after ascertaining there was no obvious damage to the craft, it was towed for one-and-a-half miles into safe water where the tow was slipped and the yacht, under its own power, was escorted to Dover Harbour where it was allocated a berth.
The crew arrived back at station at 3.07pm.
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